Bob Ackershoek

By Joe Moskowitz
Roxbury is never going to sound the same again. The big booming voice of Bob Ackershoek has fallen silent.
Ackershoek died Friday, several days after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 62.
Ackershoek was vacationing in South Carolina when he was stricken. He had brought with him the things he loved most, Cassie Grabowski, his companion of more than 30 years, his golf clubs, and plenty of rock and roll music, undoubtedly some of it by “The Beach Boys.”

In his radio element

Martha Bushnell

Martha Bushnell, 98, of Kirkside Adult Home, Roxbury died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 at the Margaretville Hospital where she was a patient for two days. 

Bessie Jensen

Bessie V.  Jensen, 92, a resident of Margaretville, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at
Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville where she had lived since March 23, 2011.
She was born in the  Town of Roxbury on December 10, 1920, the daughter of Harris and Ruia (Avery) Ballard.
She married Cecil Woolheater on March 2, 1943. He died on July 26, 1964. Her second marriage was to George Jensen whom she wed on October 9, 1976. He died on May 22, 1980.
Bessie was a rural mailer carrier at the Kelly Corners Post Office for 25 years.

Martin Lawrence

Martin W. Lawrence, 78, of Grand Gorge, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the A. O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
Marty was born April 11, 1935, at Johnstown, PA, the son of Martin and Frances (Rose) Lawrence.
He married Carol Jacob on July 11, 1961, at Bronxville. Marty graduated from Penn State University on March 23, 1963.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 until 1961 and served in Korea during his enlistment.

June DeBari

June A. DeBari, a resident of Arkville, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at Margaretville Hospital.
June was born June 21, 1930 in Queens, the daughter of Arthur William and Amelia (Macek) Weber. She was a graduate of Port Jefferson High School.
June had worked for Shultis Paint Store in Kingston and at Miller’s Pharmacy in Margaretville. For many years she worked at the family-owned business, DeBari Carpet & Flooring, also in Margaretville.
She enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing, and going to casinos. She was an avid New York Mets baseball fan.

Thomas Matalavage

Thomas J. Matalavage, 88, of Stamford and North Topsail Beach, NC, passed away on November 30, 2013 at Kingsway Community in Schenectady.

Thomas was born in Mahanoy City, PA, the son of the late Thomas and Julia Yanusky Matalavage. He was a graduate of East Stroudsburg State College and was instrumental in the design of a New York State Math Curriculum.

Mr. Matalavage was a math teacher for over 35 years, starting at Margaretville Central School and retiring from Downsville Central School. He also coached the varsity baseball team.

Ralph Persons Jr.

Ralph H. Persons Jr., 89, of Pine Hill died Sunday evening, November 24, 2013 at Kingston Hospital surrounded by his loving family. 

Mary Lou Moore

Mary Lou Moore of Venice, FL, formally of Westport and Margaretville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 at her home.  
She was born in Margaretville on March 8, 1939, to the late George Decker and Helen (Halcott) Decker.

Gary DuMond

Gary (Bucky) DuMond, 77, a resident of Hubbell Corners, Roxbury, died Wednesday Nov. 20, 2013 at Albany Medical Center.
Bucky was born March 4, 1936 in Vega, the son of Norman and Louise (Constable) DuMond.
He married Sharon Rice on June 1, 1960 in Scranton, PA.
Bucky worked for the Town of Roxbury Highway Department for 18 years, retiring in 1998. He had also worked at Plattekill Ski Center. Presently he was the caretaker for the Charles Muller property in the Vega Valley.
Gary was a member of the Jay Gould Reformed Church.

Steven Vollmer

Steven K. Vollmer, 67, a resident of Arkville, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 at Briarcliff Manor.
He was born on October 28, 1946 in Hennepin County, Minneapolis, MN, the son of Karl Frederick and Patricia Anne (McCarthy) Vollmer.

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